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Graduate School Resources for Master's Students

Graduate School Workshop Series for Master’s Students

See what other master's students gained from the workshops:

Each semester, The Graduate School offers several workshops specifically designed for students in the school’s research master’s programs as part of the Professional Development Series. Master’s students are also welcome at most other events offered as part of the Professional Development Series.

Fall 2022 events are being scheduled during the summer, and most will be posted on this page by Orientation Week.

Spring 2022 Events

  • Friday, January 14, 2022
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

    RCR Forum: Becoming an Upstander (GS 715.02)

    The Race and Bias Conversations series kicks off spring 2022 with a highly interactive skill-building workshop. In order to help create a culture of respect and civility, we need to learn how to “step in” when we see harmful or disrespectful behaviors. Through presentation, discussion, and role plays, we’ll consider barriers to intervening, explore different ways we can intervene, and then share tips for moving forward.

  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

    Advanced Time Management: A Workshop

    Start your new year off on the right foot! This workshop will equip you with strategies to understand your strengths in managing short- and long-term goals. You will also learn ways to build new habits and break with old ones to ensure your success.

  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022
    3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

    Advanced Time Management: A Workshop

    Start your new year off on the right foot! This workshop will equip you with strategies to understand your strengths in managing short- and long-term goals. You will also learn ways to build new habits and break with old ones to ensure your success.

  • Wednesday, February 2, 2022
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

    Assertiveness Training and Conflict Management: A Participatory Workshop

    The work environment is filled with conflict, often as a result of differences in work styles and passive-aggressive communication techniques. Minimizing or resolving conflict often means that you must engage in difficult conversations, which is challenging and requires both practice and competency. This workshop will begin with a grounding in assertiveness training, followed by the chance to practice assertiveness techniques in small groups where attendees can share their experiences, struggles, and successes in becoming more assertive.

  • Tuesday, February 8, 2022
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Adapting Your Academic Presentation to U.S. Industry Culture

    During your graduate school or postdoc career, you’ve become an expert at presenting in the conventions of your discipline for other academic researchers. But what should you change when you begin presenting your research in industry? Hear from a communications expert and pitch coach who works with MBA students and business executives about what they seek in presentations. This workshop will help you prepare and present your research to appeal to audiences in the U.S. corporate world.

  • Tuesday, February 22, 2022
    3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

    Building Your Skills in Intercultural Communication

    How can you communicate more effectively with colleagues and faculty from other cultures? In this workshop, you will learn the three major cultural communication styles. You’ll also build an understanding of how your preferences might interact with those of your team members. By the end, you will gain concrete strategies to collaborate more effectively with colleagues from other cultures. Registration closes Friday, February 18 at 11:00 am.

List of Past Workshops

Ten Professional Development Resources for Master's Students

Joy Javits facilitates an elevator pitch workshop for graduate studentsStudents in research master’s programs in The Graduate School can take advantage of many Duke programs and resources to support their career and professional development. Here are some of the top resources of interest to master’s students offered by The Graduate School and campus partners.

  1. The Duke Career Center is an excellent first stop, particularly for those students who are considering a summer internship. Get started with the Career Center’s guide to internships.
  2. Leverage the power of LinkedIn and the Duke Alumni Network to find alumni who may be able to help you grow your network and explore career options. Not sure which alum can help you? Try using the new Ask a Blue Devil tool.
  3. In collaboration with the The Graduate School, Thompson Writing Studio offers writing support for graduate students, including individual writing consultations.
  4. To seek funds for research materials and supplies or research/conference travel, apply for the annual Dean's Research Award for Master's Students.
  5. Students who will be working closely with a faculty mentor can benefit from the resources of the Cultivating a Culture of Mentoring website.
  6. The Professional Development Series focuses on transferable skills and the full range of career paths available to master’s- and PhD-prepared professionals.
  7. Teaching Ideas workshops focus on topics relevant to classroom teaching, dealing with students, or faculty life and career paths.
  8. The Emerging Leaders Institute, offered each spring, aims to increase participants’ competencies in communication, leadership, self-awareness, professional adaptability, and interdisciplinary teamwork.
  9. The Professional Development Grant provides up to $2,000 for discipline-specific professional development activities hosted by departments and programs. Proposals are due October 15 each year.
  10. Read about your colleagues’ professional development and contribute a post of your own to the Professional Development Blog.



Melissa Bostrom, PhD
Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development
Duke University Graduate School